England Lions were forced to settle for a draw in the second match of the series against Sri Lanka A as centuries from Upul Tharanga and Dimuth Karunaratne helped the hosts comfortably bat out the final day in Dambulla.
Resuming on 72-0 in their second innings still trailing by 244 runs, Sri Lanka's opening duo of Tharanga and Karunaratne put the pitch into perspective with a stand of 228.
The pair - who will both hope runs for their country's second string will boost their chances of a Test recall - stayed together for 64.5 overs, making the Lions wilt in the heat.
Finally the tourists managed a breakthrough thanks to seamer Chris Woakes, the England captain bowling his opposite number Tharanga for 116 when he dragged on trying to play a cut shot.
Karunaratne put on a further 102 for the next wicket with Chaturanga de Silva before finally perishing for 156, bowled by Simon Kerrigan having hit one six and 16 fours in his 258-ball knock.
Madawa Warnapura contributed 16 until his departure, to the part-time spin of Lions opening batsman Sam Robson, resulted in the two sides shaking hands and settling for a draw, Sri Lanka having reached 357-3.
De Silva helped himself to an unbeaten 59 as England used seven different bowlers during a taxing day in the field, spinners Ollie Rayner and Kerrigan combining to send down 52 overs of the 96.3 overs.
Still, Woakes side remain 1-0 up in the series ahead of the final match, which gets underway on Wednesday in Colombo.